Well that was hard!
So I have sat down now to reflect on the process of the minimalist challenge and came up with a few thoughts along the way.
For anyone who has checked out my latest VLOG over on my You Tube Channel you know that I have some new things coming out this week to help me accomplish the goals I originally but unknowingly set out to complete with the minimalist challenge.
I think that when I started the minimalist challenge I thought I was going to have a much less cluttered house. This did not happen! I think I would need to finish it over and over for a full year in order to remove all the junk from my house and I am just not up for a yearlong challenge like that!
If my math is correct (and for those who know me well know I don’t math) I rid my house of 600 things over the course of the 30 days. That’s a lot but it really didn’t seem to make a dent in the cluttered areas of my home. And it didn’t feel like any area specifically was cleaner than when I started.
The minimalist life style (although I admire those who can live it) is not exactly for us. We need stuff. I have three kids, we have activities, we have commitments, and we live a long way from “the store” like any store. I shop at Costco and buy in bulk whenever I can. We have two fridges and two big deep freezers because if I can, I attempt a once (maybe twice) a month grocery trip, outside of the food we grow and raise ourselves. I bring more things into my home than I could possibly remove at the same rate, and I just don’t see myself going to the extremes of living with less!
I think that was my flaw going into all this. I didn’t have respect for the lifestyle because it wasn’t the life style I was looking for as much as a purge. So purge I will do.
A Spring Clean of sorts. I feel if I set up the cleaning process within the purge I will accomplish more of what I thought I would get out of the original challenge.
So the goal will be to choose an area once a week (there are many to pick from) and clean it. Remove the crap, box up stuff to take to donation, throw out garbage, re organize, and clean an area all at once. I feel this process although it might take longer in the moment, will allow an entire area of my home to be cleaned up and feel less cluttered. Immediate gratification always feels better!
I will be filming, and talking about the process over on my VLOG so please click SUBSCRIBE over on my channel if you are interested in the updates. I wont be doing a continuous update here on this blog as I did with the minimalist challenge, I will be reserving this space for my writing rather than blogs with only click content!
So here is to a cleaner home and less clutter!
8 thoughts on “Final Thoughts on Being a Minimalist!”
I am with you, I appreciate the idea of a minimalist lifestyle but with kids it just doesn’t seem like it works. I do love a good home purge though, we did that when we moved and it felt good to get rid of all of the stuff that was just hanging around that had no purpose. Of course everything was replaced pretty quickly with more stuff!
That seems to be the way right, moving we can get rid of so much but then “stuff” slowly creeps back in! 🙂
600 things is really good. I think that’s a great start. That’s smart to just conquer one area a week. Maybe youcould get your kids to help put things in a bag they don’t use anymore. Then you’d get other people involved. Good luck!
That is a great ida to involve the kids, they have actually started pulling out “baby” toys and putting them in a box for future cousins!
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I’ve been working on trying to be a minimalist myself for a while and haven’t been successful. I need to work a little harder to declutter. Sometimes I think I hold on to junk that has meaning. Thank you for sharing this story!
I always hang on to stuff that I think I will need again later or that might have some meaning and find that I end up emotionaly attached to silly things… but now I have started a cleaning challenge and that is going much better because I am finding that I am working at cleaning areas of my house instead of just things!
As an au-pair I was living with a family /two small kids) who tried so hard to be minimalist when it came to design but it didn’t really work out either 🙂 its just not possible with kids. And it takes more effort than you think.
I wanted to have minimalist home also, and as a student abroad I thought it is going to go perfectly. But I don’t even want to look around now to see all the useless things I have in the house 😀
It is so tough like you said with kids, they need a lot and we need a lot o run our family and house… I decided on a cleaning challenge now that is getting more areas of my home clean and it is going much better!